Chief executive Leung Chun-ying’s top media aide has said that he plans to start his own public relations firm and write newspaper columns after stepping down on Friday.
Information Coordinator Andrew Fung will be asked not to negatively impact public perception of the government, lobby on government matters or provide services to clients dealing with the government in the coming year, as part of his post-employment restrictions.
After he notified the Advisory Committee on Post-office Employment of his plans, the committee also told him on Tuesday not to divulge any classified or sensitive information in his future career.
Formerly a member of the Democratic Party, Fung surprised many when he left his district councillor post to become Leung’s media aide in 2013.
He has since fiercely criticised the pro-democracy camp in his weekly column on Headline Daily. In his farewell piece on Monday, he attacked pro-democracy lawmakers for their filibustering tactics.
“For the sake of Hong Kong’s future, the entire society should condemn, and use all legal and political methods to prevent filibustering from the opposition camp’s legislators,” he wrote. “Otherwise, the only people who are happy will be Hong Kong’s competitors and the Taiwan and Hong Kong independence activists.”
Ko Wing-man told the Advisory Committee that he would return to private medical practice after serving for five years as the secretary for food and health.
A private orthopaedic surgeon by profession, he rose to become Hong Kong’s most popular official under the Leung administration.
Under Secretary for the Environment Christine Loh will step down to become an adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.